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temperatures desperately. >> at least 120 homes or buildings had been destroyed. live report from oklahoma straight ahead here on cnn. [ gunfire ] this is aleppo, the biggest city in syria. it is a battlefield now, but it soon might be the scene of an all-out warfare. rebels fighting for their, fighting there think syrian forces are getting ready to launch a major military offensive against them, it could happen any day now. tens of thousands of civilians have already fled the city. health workers in uganda say they're still trying to confirm more suspected cases of the deadly ebola virus. they want to make sure they're not overlooking any cases in the effort to contain an outbreak in the western part of the country, at least 16 people have died. the secretary of state hillary clinton touched down in nairobi, kenya. kenya is the fourth of six countries she is visiting.
clinton plans meeting with kenya's president and prime minister during her stay. we're getting results in from this evening's olympic events. the united states has won the men's 100 meter medley relay race, giving u.s., giving us, we should say, and the u.s. legend, michael phelps, his 18th gold medal. imagine that? this marked the last race of his storied olympic career. he says he is retiring. in the meantime missy franklin and the u.s. women took gold and a world record time in the 100 meter medley relay. look at this, serena williams completed a career golden slam in london today adding the women's singles tennis gold medal to her four major titles. by the way, serena did a victory dance after her win that's going viral on social media now. i've been sold by lots of folks on twitter that it's not just any dance. it is a move made popular by snoop dogg and it's called the kryp walk. seven minutes of terror, the mars landing a 2,000 pound rover
called "curiosity" is set to land early monday morning. if the landing is successful, the scientific payoff could be huge. >> it's very scary. nasa has really bet the farm on this one. if it succeeds it will be the best mars exploration ever. >> the rover is the largest robot scientists ever tried to land on another planet. the u.s. is seeing the biggest spike in west nile virus in eight years. four people died from the virus, transmitted by mosquitos. 80% of the infections are in texas, mississippi and oklahoma. man who experienced west nile firsthand says it's no joke. >> it was pretty bad, you know, there for three or four days, it was miserable. like the worst flu you've had times three or four. >> no one doubts how serious west nile can be but the virus is nowhere near as lethal as ebola. the recent outbreak in uganda
has killed at least 16 people. health workers are concerned about a patient who escaped the hospital that's the epicenter of the crisis. cnn's david mckincy put his life on the line for exclusive access inside. >> reporter: this is the epicenter of an ebola outbreak. we've been given exclusive access and we find out our safety protection isn't enough. the reason this isn't acceptable of safety equipment is because it's cotton like material and obviously fluids which are a key risk in contracting ebola can get sort of soaked into the material. let's keep going. what we've got is pre-packed kits. within here are various bits of kits. >> reporter: the virus is so deadly you need extreme protection. if you're inside the restricted area, no matter what you're doing, you have to wearing something like this. >> you should, yes.
>> reporter: plastic overalls, aprons, hoods and a face mask, not a single inch of skin can be exposed. touching fluids, a patient or even an object can put you at risk. we're inside kugadi hospital, when the first case confirmed in late july, the rest of the patients fled and health workers were some of the first to die. >> early on in the epidemic they're often in contact with patients and unwittingly if they don't know it's ebola they may catch it themselves and transmit to the community. >> reporter: within 24 hours of the first case, doctors without borders was on the ground. there is no cure for ebola, and up to 90% of the people who catch it will die. so managing the fear factor is key. >> we use a lot of chlorinated water. >> reporter: olympia de la rosa is in charge of the response. she says it's important to stay calm when entering the high-risk zone.
this is the innermost exclusion zone, 30 suspected cases of ebola, two confirmed, the sickest too dangerous for us to get close enough to film. there's no treatment. all the doctors can do is give care. all the patients can do is hope. doctors wear protection for themselves, and to contain the outbreak. >> the main objective when one of these outbreaks happens is to contain the spread. we cannot give treatment to the patient and we cannot give any prevention, so we must contain the spread of the disease. >> reporter: we were allowed only a few minutes inside and have to leave. it's the front line of the fight against the ebola outbreak. so no risk is worth taking. the goal, to stop the spread in uganda and even beyond. in syria it's another day
with horrific casualties, more than 140 people are reported killed today in shelling and street fighting between syrian forces and rebel fighters. witnesses describe a large scale movement of syrian troops this weekend heading toward the country's biggest city, aleppo. cnn's ben weedman is in syria and spoke to a rebel commander who sees a major battle happening soon. >> this commander of the free syrian army is telling us that they are reinforcing their fighters in and around aleppo, trying to bring in as much ammunition and weaponry as possible in anticipation of the arrival in aleppo of two large columns, one headed from latakia on the mediterranean coast and another coming from the direction of damascus. clearly e syrian army far outgun the rebels and the concern is that we are really on the verge of a major government
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crews making any progress or are the fires getting worse? >> reporter: don, we are about 30 miles northeast of oklahoma city, out here in the city of luther, a small rural community, firefighters have knocked out the flames. right now they're just monitoring hot spots, but i can tell you that in the last hour or so, a little bit of here north of here in the city of stillwater there's a raging wildfire there so a lot of the resources here are headed up there. down here in the city of luther, everything is okay. >> and let me ask you this real quickly before you show us around because i'd love to see it. we've heard these reports about an arsonist, maybe an arson linked to that. are you hearing anything more about the sear for a suspect in this? >> reporter: my photojournalist brian dixon and i were out here all night and day, been in close contact with authorities and what we're hearing is yes, they believe it was set by an arsonist. we are told yesterday the sheriff's office got a tip about a guy throwing burning newspaper
out of a pickup truck. sheriffs had been fielding tips all day but at this point, no arrests have been made, but oklahoma county, where we are right now, we're under a burn ban, so you can imagine, when they do find the perpetrator, he could face serious charges. >> absolutely. so 47 homes and buildings destroyed at least, in luther. so where are the people who lost their homes and the businesses that you're standing in front of? are they in shelters? are they setting up there? >> reporter: well, don, that's what's so devastating, an evacuation is still in effect. i want to show you, this is actually a house and families have not been back yet, at least four houses here, you can see these homes just reduced to ashes, and it's really a common scene all over the city of luther, and before we got on your program tonight, i actually spoke with emergency management, and that number is actually now at 56 structures, and of those 56 structures we're talking
about 25 homes and a day care destroyed by this wildfire. >> great reporting from michael seiden, affiliate koco in luther, oklahoma, we appreciate it. we're getting results now in for this evening's olympic events, from michael phelps to serena williams it was a golden day for the americans. cnn's pedro pinto is in london. >> reporter: don, we could pick one of many superlatives to describe michael phelps and you know what? they would probably all be appropriate but the word that best describes him is historic. the curtain has closed on his olympic career with a gold medal in the 4x100 medley relay, and he was a key part of the race. when he dove into the water, the united states were trailing japan, and he was able to overtake the asian nation, lead the united states to an impressive gold medal, beating out japan and also australia, and what can we say about
phelps' career? the baltimore bullet finishing now 22 olympic medals overall, in 2004, 2008 and now 2012, 18 gold medals, two silver, two bronze, and one day in the future we'll be looking back on the career of this young man and saying that perhaps he was the top olympian of all-time. he certainly is the most successful, no doubt about it. so that is the end of the action at london's aquatic centre, and we have to wait another four years to see who will take over the mantle from michael phelps. it was a super saturday here in london overall, a total of 25 gold medals up for grabs i wanted to tell you about serena williams, who completed her golden slam. she had won every single grand slam tournament. today at wimbledon she won the gold medal, beating maria sharapova in six sets, 6-0, and
6-1, an amazing performance from serena williams. that's a quick rap of some of the top stories we've seen here on this saturday in the english capital at the summer games. back to you, done. >> thank you, bpedro. we all heard about the serena dance and a lot of us saw it. a california man gets emotional on the first day of his new job. his compelling story is straight ahead. a georgia teen is diagnosed with a learning disability but she refuses to accept the label. not only did she graduate, michelle davis graduate high school but now she is heading to college. here's cnn's education distributor steve perry. >> reporter: you struggled in school, what ways? >> when i was younger i was labeled with a learning disability. so of course that affected reading and spelling. i always felt like i'm a normal kid, yeah, it might have took me a little longer to get one word or something like that, but when i got it, i got it.
>> reporter: you say you were labeled. what does that mean to you? >> i felt like it was the easier way to just say oh, she has a disability, you know, it wasn't like we're not going to just give her some extra time or not going to just try to help her. it hurt, but i actually looked at it more as like i'm going to prove you all wrong. >> once the child is labeled and then they feel that they can't keep up with the other kids, and at the time, they was labeling here. oh she got adhd. give her some medicine. medicine? she's not going to any pills. i fought. i asked them to evaluate her. i went to her doctor, did as much as i could to get her fewers outside. i called the counselor, want the teachers to meet, six to three months meet again. i noticed her grades went from cs and a b maybe to as and bs. she passed all her graduation exams in the 11th grade.
>> reporter: sounds like you utilized resources within the community and your own family sfr structure and outside of that, went straight to the source, if it's your job as a teacher to teach this particular subject and you're the one grading her i'm going to ask you to teach her. so michelle, you are going to college. >> yeah. >> reporter: the girl who is in special ed. couldn't read, that one is zbg to college. >> right. >> reporter: i'm very proud of you. >> thank you. >> reporter: great job, mom. you know what's exciting? graduation. when i look up into my students faces, i see pride. you know, i have done something worthwhile. when i earned my doctorate through university of phoenix, that pride, that was on my face. i am jocelyn taylor. i'm committed to making a difference in people's lives, and i am a phoenix. visit phoenix.edu to find the program that's right for you.
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stops in connecticut. the economy, of course, shadows the presidential race, and the new jobs report shows improvement and setbacks. employers added more jobs than expected, more than 160,000 new jobs but the unemployment rate unexpectedly rose slightly to 8.3% as people lost jobs or got discouraged and dropped out of the job market. so it's not surprising that a california man got emotional on the first day of his new job. he's been looking for work for nearly four years. he used to wear a fancy suit to the office every day. cnn's kyung lah has more on his struggle to survive. >> reporter: the start of the day and a new full time job for ernie casillas. these steps have been nearly four years in the making. how long were you unemployed. >> four years november 6th. >> reporter: barack obama
started his new job as president short time after casillas lost his job making big bucks as a mortgage primer. he w . >> driving expensive car, having an expensive suit, and now i'm in the industry like everybody else looking for work. it humbles you. >> reporter: he not only lost his job, but his home, and his marriage. he moved in with his mother. casillas went to job fairs and networks sending out hundreds of resumes, started his own computer consulting company. it never took off. he put this ad on craigslist stating bluntly "i need a job." last year, still unemployed he hit downtown los angeles, carrying a sign. >> i am so tired of collecting unemployment. >> i just think there's a lot of us walking here who know we're not that far away. >> yes. >> from where you are.
>> reporter: last week he was at rock bottom. >> i had something to eat. i didn't have money for gas. i looked under my car seat and i had $1.65. >> reporter: that paid for the gas that took him to meet anna rosales, and she gave him a job as a supervisor for her cleaning company, newly contracted at lax. >> he deserves it. everyone deserves to work. have you ever been unemployed? ever not been able to pay a bill? there's a whole lot of earnings out there. >> reporter: as the next presidential election looms with the economy as a defining issue, casillas' political intentions may surprise you. who are you going to vote for? >> obama. >> reporter: why not vote for mitt romney? >> he, i don't think he's with the people. >> reporter: casillas said
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billion project is gone. cnn's john zarrella with more on this incredibly ambitious mission. >> reporter: don, the countdown is well under way, just a little over 24 hours now before you're going to have a landing on mars of the most sophisticated rover ever sent to the planet. when i say that, this is one of the reasons why. take a look at this. 1997, july 4th, the sojourner rover landed on mars. this is "curiosity" 2,000 pounds, the size of a small car, enormous by comparison. there's more complexity in literally in the wheel of "curiosity" than there is in all of the sojourner rover. jordan is one of the head engineers. jordan, take us through some of the key facets like this, this is phenomenal, this is the drill. >> sure, this is the drill and other ground sensing instruments
as well as a sieve and scoop. >> you're able to actually hammer rocks and pulverize them and actually look at them, put them in your chemistry laboratory right on board. >> that's right, you can see what the minerals, we can do organic chemistry on the rocks. >> reporter: everyone wants to know the first pictures, when are we going to see them and where are we going to get them? >> we hope to get them the first night shortly after land willing. they'll have lens caps on, they'll be dusty but we should get an image. >> reporter: some folks who said the first one we see will be a picture of a wheel, if you get it, the first shot will be the wheel, right? >> yes. >> reporter: then you know it's on the ground in one piece and ready to go. >> that's what we want. >> reporter: and what is this? there's a laser up there. >> there is a laser that can vaporize rocks from about 20 feet away, and a mask cam to get panoramic high definition
pictures of the surroundings. >> reporter: the capability of the vehicle to get over rocks itself, just its size alone. >> very capable, can scale two-foot-high rocks without thinking about it, slopes, no problem. >> reporter: the plan is two years but you've got nuclear power. >> we do. >> reporter: you could probably go lot longer. >> the nuclear power will last 50 years at least. we hope the issue will continue on. mechanisms probably not 50 years. >> reporter: you are expecting great things and got to be excited and got to be nervous. >> both of those things, everyone on the team. >> reporter: jordan thank you so much for taking the time to join us. don, the bottom line, the most sophisticated capability sent to mars, to look for water, looking for carbon, all of those things that will lead scientists a step closer to answering that basic question, was there ever life on mars, and perhaps does life in
some microbial form still exist? don? >> ahh, can't wait. thank you very much, john zarrella. it is half past the hour. we want to get you caught up on the headlines right now on cnn. more than a dozen wildfires devouring parts of oklahoma. strong winds, scorching temperatures making the fires tough to contain. oklahoma county sheriff's deputies are looking for a possible arson suspect. red flag warning is in effect for much of the state. at least 120 homes or buildings have been destroyed now. as the drought continues to ravage the nation's corn, wheat and soybean fields, crop insurance losses are expected to break records. nearly half of the continental united states is suffering from drought conditions. chicago, man oh man, severe weather rolled through northern illinois but this is chicago, where a concert called lollapalooza was going on and weather officials and the venue
officials made everyone leave and seek shelter, some were in underground garages and the pictures showed within minutes it became pitch dark and lightning everywhere in chicago. now this -- [ gunfire ] that right there is the biggest city in syria, aleppo. it is a battlefield now, but it soon might be the scene of all-out warfare. rebels fighting there think syrian forces are getting ready to launch a major military offensive against them. it could happen any day now. tens of thousands of civilians have already fled the city. the severe drought across the u.s. hurting a the lo of farmers, we've been talking about here but not everyone is unhappy about it. look at who is making a profit on the disaster. that's next. man: there's a cattle guard, take a right.
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the drought across the u.s. is drying up the nation's farms and costing taxpayers. farmers in the south are particularly hard-hit with bone-dry conditions, but there's at least one industry, capitalizing on this disaster. for more, we go in-depth with cnn's martin savage. >> reporter: in peach county, georgia, they are plucking the last peaches off of the trees, peaches have been in the dulane family for years. how is the crop looking? >> all things considered, i think peaches look real good. >> reporter: the peaches themselves may be smaller due to the drought, but the demand is still high, which is why wholesale prices are up by almost 50% over last year. and they taste better. so when these peaches arrive,
we don't have the rains to come in here and take the sugar away so that's the plus, being able to have this fruit at its highest maximum amount of sugar which is a good thing. >> reporter: so if i understand you, then the less rain means that a peach like this could be smaller but it's going to be sweeter and tastier. >> that's right. >> reporter: peach fans aren't the only ones smiling about the drought. in nearby marshallville, georgia, there's something else growing in the field. >> is that going good for you? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: a massive collection of pipes, spigots and sprayers when finished will become a crop-sized sprinkling system. these contraptions rotate ever so slowly in a giant arc around a central pump tied to an underground well, hence the name -- pivots. elton sharp has been selling pivots since the '70s. recently thanks to the drought, business has doubled. >> we have put in a lot of pivots in the last five years
for people that never did have it before. >> reporter: systems like these can easily cost more than $100,000 each. even so, jim reed says these days farmers would have a better chance gambling in las vegas than betting on nature. >> the cost of production has gone up and the risk or the amount of money you had invested in an acre of land has increased, then the necessity of irrigation became greater. >> reporter: which is why reed has crews working close to 12 hours a day, six days a week, just to keep up with demand. thanks to the worst drought in half a century, whether it's peaches or pivots, both are finding business pretty sweet. martin savage, cnn, peach county, jrnl. georgia. >> thanks, marty. dr. drew, america's fame's doctor when it comes to mental health issues says he has a mental health issue of his own. his storis next.
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dr. drew pinsky is the doctor americans are used to hearing from when it comes to mental health issues for other people. recently he revealed his own issues when taking questions from ireporters across the world. >> i got a whiff of interbulilo stream exercise bulimia, but a little whiff of mental health issue, i am dr. drew and answering your cnn ireporter questions. >> reporter: dr. drew you always give great advice on health, medicine and taking care of our bodies and well, how do you take care of your body? what's your workout routine like? >> i try to run three or four times a week like 30 minutes on the treadmill. i lift heavyweights, i've been doing that since i was a kid, something about that experience and sort of my meditation and
study hall, i listen to lectures, such a nerd and crazy philosophy lectures, things that would put everybody else to sleep, i find it motivates me to spend that time by myself and it helps me release tension so it's my little study hall in the way of kind of being mindful and meditating. >> why is it the media does not cover addictions that are outside your normal realm, such as an addiction to diet pills? >> nicole, i'm not sure that's true. addiction to diet pills is something that's been on the radar for quite some time. i'm constantly harping on prescription drug abuse, pain killers, ben dough diazepines but i'm putting diet pills, and except they have a body image problem or eating disorder with it so in a way diet pills are more difficult to treat. >> is there really such a thing as a chemical imbalance? >> everything that is mental health is about our brain so by definition it's wiring and
chemistry, without exception. to some extent we're using sledgehammers to treat the chemical issues that may require more bulleted kinds of adjustments of regions of the brain. the real issue when people get focused on i become a chemical imbalance they become unwilling to do the interinternal kinds of experiences, talk therapy that allow us to grow and rewire and integrate. >> do you think some research could kill conditions such as allergic rhinitis, asthma? >> the notion of stem cells is very appealing, but all the research real scientific research thus far suggests there's not much that it has to offer as yet. you asked specifically about allergic types of symptomatology, i would say no, i wouldn't be looking for stem cells in the near term for that to be the solution. i can't tell you how people are seeing allergists and asthma doctors and lo and behold,
they're living with a cat or lo and behold, there's some source of allergy in the environment. people are going to call in and say "i hate cats." i don't hate cats. i like cats. >> for more ireport interviews and to find out who we're talking to next, you can visit cnn.com/interview. obesity is now being called a national security threat. we'll tell you who is saying it and why, next. niece. i don't use super poligrip for hold because my dentures fit well. before those little pieces would get in between my dentures and my gum and it was uncomfortable. even well-fitting dentures let in food particles. super poligrip is zinc free. with just a few dabs, it's clinically proven to seal out more food particles so you're more comfortable and confident while you eat. so it's not about keeping my dentures in, it's about keeping the food particles out. [ charlie ] try zinc free super poligrip. fore!
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first lady michelle obama got up close and personal with some u.s. athletes in london. here's cnn's jeanne moos. >> reporter: this is not how mercedes lipscum when she was rejected and told she was too fat. >> i'm totally happy they didn't let me in at 220 pounds. i probably would have died out there. >> reporter: according to a report named mission readiness, 25% of all potential recruits are turned away because of their weight. the problem is potentially so serious, commanders of all ranks who spear-headed the study describe it as a potential
threat to national security. >> a statistic that blows me away on that is, one in four americans is too obese, young americans is too obese to join the military. >> reporter: rear admiral jamie barnett and more than 100 retired admiral jamie barnett w of the problem two years ago in a new follow up report "still to fat to fight" they contend the military is working harder than ever to find recruits. >> more and more we're seeing those folks showing up at the recruiting centers are not really fit to come into the military. >> reporter: hundreds of recruits. >> recruits don't do as well in boot camp are more than likely not to complete their first term of enlistment. >> reporter: the cost? some $60 million a year invested and lost in recruits and finding their replacements. military leaders say the problem is reversible.
they're now targeting school lunch programs and vending machines. pointing to the success of lowering average student weight. as for mercedes lipscom, she reapplied after losing 80 pounds. >> you want to be in shape. you want to be able to maneuver. you want to be able to protect yourself and, you know, protect your fellow soldiers. or overwagt? how are you going to run? >> reporter: the nation's leaders hoping to stem the child obesity crisis so it doesn't become what they believe could be a national security crisis. >> and, obviously, that was deborah faric and not the first lady. so it is an image you don't see very often. now to the first lady story. the first lady being swept off her feet b an olympic wrestler.
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>> reporter: if there were an olympic medal for hugging, first lady michelle obama would take it. even more impressive, the gold medal for lifting. it goes to this american wrestler. what's the weirdest thing you've ever lifted outside the first lady? >> hay bale. >> reporter: it was a first. >> reporter: elena says she just wanted to make the moment a little more special. a teammate tweeted out the photo. the white house showcased its own version as photo of the day. >> i just think that's weird. >> reporter: what's so weird? >> picking up the first lady? >> reporter: in 2010, ena came in second. there's a name for this move. >> reporter: so you front body
carried the first lady? some conservative web sites called it undignified. >> i think she's just having fun. >> i think it's awesome that michelle obama is the weight that she can be lifted. >> 5'9".5, i had trouble getting a lift. >> you couldn't pick me up, could you? >> could you? would you? >> i won't, i have a bad back, but i could. >> finally, someone could ant would. >> reporter: not since nancy regan sat on mr. t's lap have we seen such an unusual position. not sinsz president bush resisted an invitation to slap a backside. as for those who imagined that elena would be saying oh, my back after lifting the first lady. >> reporter: did she present any problem for you to pick up? >> you know, after i picked her
up, she said oh, i'm a lot heavier than i seem. >> i said i'm a lot stronger than i look. >> reporter: try wrestling with that image? bla . >> you're picking up the first lady. >> very cute. someone said is it a good move or a bad move, you think, don? didn't you ask me that? i thought it was pretty cute. we've been talking a lot about privacy and weapons of war now being used here at home for civilians. talking about uav's -- or drones, as they are known there and hovering over your home. what's your right to privacy. well, later, we're going to tell you about this drones story like you have never seen it before. you're going to have a drone right here live in our studio.
it will be buzzing around and showing you exactly how these things work. also, what they can see, who can get their hands on them and what you need to know about them. so make sure you join me tonight, 10:00 p.m.astern right here on cnn. i promise you it is going to be an interesting discussion and very visual. let's talk olympics now. gabby douglas. if you didn't know her name last week, you certainly do now. she's america's new golden girl winning the most coveted title in gymnastics. she has the distinction of being the first african american woman to win the gold in the women's individual all around competition. but she didn't make olympic history without years of sacrifice. her mom tells us what it took for gabby to get to the top. >> the competition started a long time ago.
who could run the fastest? who could jump the farthest? who could jump higher on the couch. when she started really expressing an interest to do gymnastics, her sister just kept saying she's really good, mom. you've got to put her in. she wants to try it. after years of persuading me, i finally gave in and took her to a trial class. she just never wanted to come out of the gym. she would just practice all of the time. >> so i saw then the hard work. i didn't realize when i got into this sport how expensive it was. just the commitment over the years. sometimes i felt crushing. i didn't think i'd be able to keep her in this sport. but then i would think about it and i would say you've got to fight. if i had to sell, i sold almost all of my jewelry. and if i had to pick